NATS Appoints New CEO

UK AIR TRAFFIC services provider NATS has appointed Richard Deakin as its new Chief Executive.
Mr Deakin, aged 45, is currently Senior Vice President at Thales Air Systems Division and will take up his new post on April 1, 2010.  He succeeds Paul Barron, who has completed a highly successful six years as CEO.
Announcing the appointment, John Devaney, NATS Chairman said: “I am very pleased to announce Richard’s appointment to the NATS Board as its new Chief Executive Officer.
“Richard has a strong commercial background within the aviation sector.  His experience of working at the heart of Europe will be most beneficial to NATS’ involvement in the Single European Sky and SESAR negotiations.  The Board is confident that Richard has the skills and attributes to ensure NATS achieves its strategic objectives and continues to deliver exceptional performance.”
He added: “Paul Barron has, over the past six years with NATS, truly transformed the organisation from a public to private entity.  Paul’s strong communications skills have engaged unions and employees alike and, under his leadership, NATS has emerged stronger operationally and financially.  The Board of NATS wishes him well.”
Richard Deakin said: “I am delighted to be joining NATS at this crucial time.  NATS has a key role to play in influencing the future shape of air traffic management in Europe whilst continuing to raise the bar on safety and service, driving efficiency and reducing its environmental impact.  I am very much looking forward to taking on this exciting role and building on the solid foundation developed by Paul Barron.”
Paul Barron said: “It has been a privilege for me to lead NATS over the past six years.  I’m leaving a company in great shape.  During this time the NATS team has delivered consistent outstanding results.”